A young Chennai techie, Subasri lost her life due to an illegal hoarding last week. Manyu Kollywood actors came out to speak about the cut-out culture rampant in the state. On Saturday, actors Vijay and Suriya held press meets appealing to their fans to not erect giant cut-outs of them ahead of big releases. Vijay requested that banners are not placed either. Suriya also spoke about the same. Now, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan has stated that both political party and cinema fans should not erect illegal hoardings or banners. “So far, we have ensured that our party members haven’t done this and we will continue to be firm and ensure that this does not happen in future too,” he said.
Haasan visited the family of Subasri, who was run over by a water tanker after a banner put up by an AIADMK functionary fell on her. After interacting with the family, he told reporters that the persons responsible for her death should be punished. “Those who committed this crime should be punished and the belief that they can get away with anything should be demolished,” he added.
Surya said, “Cut-outs are kept as part of celebrations ahead of a film’s release. But I humbly request my fans not to erect any cut-outs or banners. I appreciate a lot of other activities like donation to schools and blood donation drives that many of you are involved in, and hope this will continue,” ahead of the release of his film Kaappan. Fans of Surya tweeted that they would be distributing 200 helmets on the day of the film’s release. Ahead of the audio launch of his film Bigil on September 19, Vijay also said there will be a close watch on people who erect cut-outs or hoardings anywhere in the state.